Month: November 2009

MIND

* When a man speaks or acts with good intention, then happiness follows him like his shadow that never leaves him. * All states have mind as their forerunner, mind is their chief, and they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts, with a defiled mind; then suffering follow one even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox. * He whose mind does not flutter by contact with worldly contingencies, sorrowless, stainless and secure-the is the High Blessing. * From moment to moment, a wise man removes his own impurities, as a smith removes the dross of silver. * Be on your guard against mental agitation, be controlled in thoughts, forsaking evil thoughts, follow right ways in thoughts. * You, the disciples of Gotama, must well awaken, by day and by night always contemplate the perfect sage – Buddha.

SORROW

* Only things with which a man identifies himself are able to disturb his mind – only that which concern “myself” can give me grief. * For him who has no dear (thing) there is no suffering. Those, I declare, are griefless, without passion (and) free from despair. * He who has a hundred dear (things), has a hundred sufferings; he who has ninety….. ten…..,five…..,two dear (things), has ninety…..,ten…..,five…..,two sufferings. * The would is in continuous flux and is impermanent. * Whatever is the nature of arising, all that is of the nature of cessation. * Birth, old age,disease and death, grief and despair, separation from friends, the company of disliked ones, nonfulfilment of desires – all these attributes of existence are suffering. * As with a staff the herdsman drives kine to pasture, even so do old age and death drive out the lives of beings. * Change, impermanence is characteristic of life. * Whatever is impermanent is “suffering”. * Even when one has pleasure, it cannot continue forever. * All conditioned things are …

GOODNESS

* Make haste in doing good, restrain your mind from evil. Who so ever is slow in doing good, his mind delights in evil. * As from heap of flowers many a gis made even so many good deeds should be done by one born a mortal. * Do not think lightly of good, saying: It will not come to me. Even as a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops, so the wise man, gathering it drop by drop, fills himself with good. * Be tolerant among the intolerant, gentle among the violent, and free from greed among the greedy. * Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purity one’s mind, this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

SERVICE

* Let him be cordial in his ways and refined in conduct; thereby full of joy he will make an end of ill. * Love is born out of ties in the previous lives and sympathy in ones present life just as lotus is born out of water and mire. * He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred, being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred. * Look at every one equally, irrespective of rich or poor, noble or of low caste. * The attendant should make the patient happy and hopeful. * Those who adhere to the principles of the Dhamma, have right attitudes, and true to their words and discharge their duties with responsibility are loved by people. * Husbands should treat their wives who rely on them in the following five ways: one by honoring them; two by not slighting them; three by being faithful to them; four by giving them household authority; and five by giving them garments and adornments. * Wives …

BONDS

* To be attached to one thing (to a certain view) and to look down upon other thing (views) as inferior — this the wise man call a fetter. * Bonds do not exists for whose to whom nought is dear or not dear. * There is no fire like lust, no grip like hate, there is no net like delusion, no river like craving. * One should give up anger; One should abandon pride; One should overcome all fetters. I’ll never befall him who clings not to mind and body and is passionless. * That which is made of iron, wood, or hemp is not a strong bong, say the wise, (but) that longing for jewels, ornaments, children, and wives is far greater an attachment. * All desires have in them little pleasant taste but rather much potential suffering. * Folk en wrapt in craving are terrified like a captive hare; held fast by fetters and bonds, for long they come to sorrow again and again. * For the person who is perturbed by …

BARRIER

* Every sin is more injury to him who does it than to him who suffers it. * Do not think lightly of evil, saying “It will no come to me”. Even a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops. Likewise the fool, gathering it drop by drop, fills himself with evil. * Five hindrances to any kind of clear understanding: 1. lusting desires 2. ill-will, hated or anger 3. torpor and languor 4. restlessness and worry 5. sceptical doubts * The fool thinks an evil deed as sweet as honey, so long as it does not repen (does not procuce results). But when it repens, the fool comes to grief. * A faithless, lying man who has no thought of the after life is capable of all sin. * It is well with the evil-doer until his evil (deed) ripens. But when his evil (deed) bears fruit, he then sees its ill effects. * Killing, stealing, lying and adultery, these four evils the wise never praise. * Telling lies is the origin of …

KINDNESS

* Just as a mother would protect her only child even at the risk of her. own life, even so let one cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. * Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this would; it is appeased by love. This is an eternal law. * Let not one deceive another nor despise any person whatever in any place. In anger or ill will let not one wish any harm to another. * Conquer anger by love, evil by good; conquer the miser with liberality, and the liar with truth. * All tremble at punishment. All fear death (Life is dear to all); comparing others with oneself, one should neither kill nor cause to kill.